Tuesday 6/26 Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals
Two big name pitchers take the hill on Tuesday as Corey Kluber squares off with Carlos Martinez. Kluber has been the star pitcher for the Indians all season, and there are no signs of that changing. He has a 2.10 ERA and is walking than one batter per nine innings this year.
On the other side of the hill, Martinez has not been quite as consistent. In his first seven starts, Martinez had an ERA of 1.40. However, from there he went to the Disabled List for a bit. His first five starts since coming off of the DL featured a 7.06 ERA. He is walking over 9 batters per nine innings over that time. He has gone five innings in just two starts and has not gone longer than five in any start. Carlos Martinez is a loose cannon at this point.
The Cardinals may come in with some respect, but they will surely be home underdogs. Still, this dog does not look too appetizing. Look for Kluber to continue to roll and for the Indians to continue to beat up the ailing Martinez.
Wednesday 6/27 Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox
A strong pitching matchup between two potential playoff teams takes place on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels takes on former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello of the Red Sox.
After coming back down to earth in 2017, Porcello is having a much stronger year in 2018. His home runs allowed are down, which is what correlated to his Cy Young success in 2016. Porcello is coming off of a strong start in which he went seven scoreless, striking out five.
Heaney is coming off of a hot start as well. Heaney gave up one earned over seven innings in his last start. However, he struck out just four batters. Heaney was once a top prospect but has come down to earth due to his lack of Ks. However, this season has seen a breakout for Heaney due to his increase in Ks.
The decrease in Ks has been a trend for Heaney recently and it has seen him come down to earth. His K% has decreased from 27 down to 22. Over that span, he has given up 5 runs twice. The Red Sox are a bottom ten team in strikeouts per game. In what looks like should be a pitchers duel, the Red Sox could have an edge worth looking into here.
Thursday 6-28 Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Jon Gray takes the hill coming off of a 12 strikeout performance. In his last three starts, he has struck out 31 batters. However, he still comes in with an ERA over 5. The teams he faced in those three starts were Miami, Philadelphia and Texas, three high caliber strikeout teams.
One thing the Giants are strong at is putting the ball in play. They tend to win their games off of good defense and exposing the defenses behind them. Chris Stratton is a strong example of that. He strikes out just under 7 batters per nine innings. However, he has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the Giants staff.
This has been his most consistent month as well. He has a 2.48 ERA over his past five starts. At home, and hot, Stratton should be in a good matchup here. While Gray brings flash, Stratton should bring value.